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12 years in prison for admitted child molester in Shelby

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 March 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A Shelby man was sentenced to 12 years in state prison today for sex crimes against four young boys.

Gerald L. Wolter, 37, of Freeman Road was given the maximum sentence as part of a plea deal on Dec. 23.

“If you can repent and reform that is up to you,” Orleans County Court Judge James Punch said when he sentenced Wolter. “My job is to protect the public from you.”

Wolter did not have intercourse with the boys, but made contact with them, according to statements in court on Dec. 23. Wolter confessed to the crimes, which occurred between January and May 2013. He pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted criminal sexual act, and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Wolter wants to apologize to the victims and society, said his attorney, Nathan Pace.

“He truly has shown remorse,” Pace said during the sentencing.

Punch said Wolter hasn’t shown remorse and has a “natural arrogance.” The judge commended the courage of the victims to press charges against Wolter.

“My concern is you will keep doing this,” Punch said. “You left a trail of young kids who were brave enough to come forward.”

Wolter’s sentence also includes 15 years of post-release supervision when he is out of prison.

Wolter also faces child molestation charges for sexually assaulting two boys in Niagara County. The Niagara County Court is handling that case.